TE Coby Fleener - New Orleans Saints
|6-6, 247||Born: 9-20-1988||College: Stanford||Drafted: Round 2|
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2015 Week 17 vs TEN (7 / 7 / 88 / 1 rec)
Coby Fleener finished the year on a high note, with a season-high in yards and his third touchdown of the year. Fleener's best play was a 57-yard touchdown pass in which he beat the Titans' safety in single coverage and out-raced him down the seam. It was a great play, the kind of play the Colts envisioned for Fleener often. Unfortunately, the rest of the day was more like the rest of the 2015 season: six catches for just 31 yards as he was limited to quick passes underneath with little yards after the catch. For the season, Fleener finished 62nd out of 73 tight ends in yards after the catch per reception and 53rd in yards per reception, per Pro Football Focus. The Colts' decision on whether or not to re-sign Fleener will likely come down to money. The tight end has physical talent, but has never been able to consistently translate that to production, but he and Andrew Luck have chemistry.
2015 Week 16 vs MIA (4 / 2 / 13 / 0 rec)
Outside of gaining some critical YAC on a first-down reception, a rare occurrence this season, Coby Fleener continued his disappointing season on Sunday. Dwayne Allen actually out-snapped Fleener against the Dolphins, both in blocking and routes run, although Fleener's main competition did not get any receptions. Still, Fleener's lack of involvement in the offense this season has been troubling, and Sunday marked his fifth consecutive game with less than 30 yards.
2015 Week 15 vs HOU (3 / 1 / 12 / 0 rec)
Coby Fleener's disappointing second half of the season continued on Sunday, with his fifth game this season of less than 15 yards. It was Fleener's fourth consecutive game with less than 30 yards, and his 10th consecutive game with less than 50 yards. Fleener's lone catch included a rare few yards after the catch, squeezing between defenders for a first down, but he would later drop a chance at a leaping 11-yard touchdown grab in the end-zone. It was a fitting representation of the disappointment that has followed him for most of this season, and his career.
2015 Week 14 vs JAX (4 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
Though Matt Hasselbeck did miss a wide-open Fleener down the left sideline early in the game, Fleener's lack of production is to be expected with the season he has had. Still, the Colts had three red zone opportunities in this one, and Fleener didn't even get a target. With the Colts offense looking listless, so is Fleener's fantasy outlook.
2015 Week 13 vs PIT (8 / 4 / 20 / 0 rec)
The Colts' top receiving tight end had his usual four receptions on Sunday, but turned them into an embarrassingly low 20 yards, struggling after the catch as he has all season. The Colts gave him multiple opportunities to gain first downs, but he was tackled short of the sticks (by the first defender) on each one, until his final catch in the fourth quarter, when the game was all but decided. Fleener is ranked 61st of 68 tight ends in yards after the catch per reception, according to Pro Football Focus, which is problematic considering he's usually targeted within five to eight yards of the line of scrimmage.
2015 Week 12 vs TB (3 / 3 / 27 / 0 rec)
With Donte Moncrief and T.Y. Hilton dominating on the outside, the Colts didn't utilize their tight ends much, and Coby Fleener's workload represents that. It was the first time Fleener has had less than five targets since Week 5. Even with more targets, however, the lack of scoring and big play opportunities caps the fourth-year tight end's fantasy production.
2015 Week 11 vs ATL (5 / 3 / 45 / 0 rec)
Though the Atlanta linebackers were open to take advantage of in the pass game, Fleener had just 45 receiving yards on Sunday, which has been about his ceiling this year. Outside of a nine-target, 83-yard game against the Jaguars in Week 4, Fleener has just one game over 50 yards, a 51-yard performance against Tennessee. While Hasselbeck tends to target Fleener a bit more than Andrew Luck generally does, he's still a low-ceiling, touchdown-dependent fantasy asset. He did have a 26-yard catch on Sunday, but he's still failed to have a reception of 30 yards or more this year.
2015 Week 9 vs DEN (6 / 4 / 22 / 0 rec)
Fleener's role as a possession tight end continued on Sunday, as he was limited to just 5.5 yards per catch and one yard after the catch on Sunday. He's shown more dependable hands this year, but his speed in the open field continues to be missing in action, as he rarely forces missed or broken tackles and is limited to quick throws to the flat or shallow middle. With Rob Chudzinski running the offense, however, Luck threw to his tight ends over 30 percent of the time, and Fleener could benefit from that more as the year progresses.
2015 Week 8 vs CAR (11 / 7 / 43 / 1 rec)
When Andrew Luck's top targets on the outside struggle, he goes to Fleener in the middle of the field, and that was certainly true on Sunday. But despite his speed, Fleener has been limited to short passes this season, namely against zone coverage. And he's simply not good enough at the catch point or after the catch to warrant heavy usage in that area, as his inability to box out defenders resulted in two critical incompletions on Monday, including the game-ending (essentially) interception. But against team's with strong secondaries, Fleener may continue to see decent volume and touchdown opportunities.
2015 Week 7 vs NO (5 / 3 / 47 / 0 rec)
Fleener has been a bit more reliable for the Colts this season, and it showed on Sunday. Fleener was one of the few players getting open against man coverage, but Luck seemed unable to find him before a late 27-yard, leaping reception down the right sideline. It seems odd to say, given the Colts' resources invested in the receiving corps, but the team needs to get its tight ends more involved in the passing game.
2015 Week 6 vs NE (6 / 3 / 20 / 0 rec)
With Dwayne Allen back healthy, Fleener's role is limited in the Colts' offense. Fleener did take 51 snaps to Allen's 35, but that was only because the Colts were trying to spread the field in the second half. In a more balanced game plan, Fleener will still be limited. When he did get targets in this one, Fleener was unable to take advantage of yards-after-catch opportunities. He'll still be a part of the Colts' offense, which means occasional red-zone targets, but those will be extremely erratic.
2015 Week 5 vs HOU (3 / 2 / 9 / 0 rec)
With Dwayne Allen returning to the lineup, Fleener was relegated back to TE2 for Indianapolis, playing just 33 snaps. Fleener's blocking hasn't improved enough to justify his presence on the field over Allen's in one-TE sets, and Allen looked good moving after the catch despite his injury that kept him out the previous two weeks. Fleener did see three targets on the day, but they were all short, limited opportunities.
2015 Week 4 vs JAX (12 / 9 / 83 / 1 rec)
The Colts' tight end usage increased with Matt Hasselbeck at the helm on Sunday, as Fleener was targeted 11 times. The vast majority of Fleener's use was on short crossing patterns and flat routes, as nine of his 11 targets came less than 10 yards down the field. Fleener also had one of his customary third-down drops early in the game. But Fleener showed good awareness and yards-after-catch ability for the second week in a row, and did have a 28-yard catch in overtime to help set up the game-winning field goal. His usage will dip when Dwayne Allen returns, but he's been a much more dependable player this last two weeks than he's shown in years past.
2015 Week 3 vs TEN (6 / 4 / 51 / 0 rec)
The Colts wanted to get the tight ends more involved this week, and with Dwayne Allen out, Coby Fleener saw the field for 50 snaps and had six targets. But, unable to do anything down the field, Fleener was limited to quick dig routes, although he did show admirable strength after the catch. But with Allen returning from injury, Fleener should see his role in the offense decrease quickly, as Allen is still the better third down and red-zone target.
2015 Week 2 vs NYJ (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
What happened to Coby Fleener and Pep Hamilton's relationship? Fleener was targeted 92 times last season, but has just one target through two games this year. He has been the clear loser amidst all the Colts' offseason additions. Even with Dwayne Allen out most of Monday's game, he failed to record a single target.
2015 Week 1 vs BUF (1 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
After missing all of preseason with an injury, it wasn't surprising how little Fleener was featured in the passing game on Sunday. On the field for less than 50 percent of the offense's snaps, Fleener saw just one target against the stingy Bills defense. He will have other days where he has bigger roles, but it seems that Dwayne Allen will be the Colts' go-to tight end in one-TE sets. If the Colts use more multiple-TE sets with T.Y. Hilton out for the next week or two, however, Fleener could see fantasy relevancy again. And, of course, the Colts love their tight ends in the red zone.
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